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Loved it so much. Deffinetly a must buy. I loved everything about this book. Except maybe the end. But thats because of what happens and not because the books bad. The cliffhanger is just driving me crazy. I still haven't recovered.
Serpent & Dove was one of my top reads in 2019 and I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the sequel since last September. For the past few months, I have been anxiously watching the Goodreads rating for Blood & Honey drop sharply, and then steadily climb, only to drop again. I was scared to read this book, worried that it wouldn’t live up to Serpent & Dove, and rather terrified that it would completely suck and I’d be left with crushing disappointment. Well, having now read Blood & Honey, I can say that it wasn’t a total let-down, but it didn’t grab me the way that Serpent & Dove did, either.
Blood & Honey picks up pretty much where Serpent & Dove finishes. I highly recommend doing a re-read if the details from the first book are a little foggy in your brain as there is very little recap in the sequel. Lou and Reid, along with Coco, Ansel, Beau, and Madame Labelle, are on the run from pretty much everyone: the witches, the Chasseurs, the King, even their own memories. They are desperate to save and protect each other, but their actions only serve to wrench them further apart.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that I simply didn’t like a lot of the characters most of the time. They did stupid things in the name of protecting one another. They kept secrets. They refused to face their emotions. Honestly, I wanted to scream and shake Lou and Reid for most of the book. So many problems would have been solved had they just communicated! They also felt grossly different from the characters I had come to know and love in Serpent & Dove. Yes, they have gone through an extreme amount of trauma and suffering, but they still seemed so unnecessarily warped and dark.
We’re also introduced to a whole host of new characters, and I wonder if they were all entirely necessary for the story. A handful of side characters from the first book also make an appearance, but it was unclear as to what purpose they serve, other than to help move the plot along.
The plot itself wasn’t as engaging in this book either. For a lot of the story, nothing overly dramatic and earth-shattering happened, not like in Serpent & Dove. It was easy to guess where the plot was going, and rather disappointing when it did exactly what you expected. There was very little of the shocking twists and turns of the first book. The story did pick up in the last third or so of the book and, understandably, it sets up for the final book in the trilogy. However, I can’t help but wonder if Mahurin would have been better off in sticking with the originally-planned duology and cut out a lot of the extraneous plot in Blood & Honey.
With all that being said though, this was still a fairly easy and nonetheless enjoyable read. I didn’t have to force myself to keep going and once the story picked up in the later part of the book, I found myself caught up in it. Although I had guessed at the major twist, it didn’t make it any less shocking, and since the book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, I’m eager to see where the final book will lead. This series still shows promise, and I really hope Mahurin has something mind-blowing planned for Book 3.
I pre-ordered Blood and Honey, I was that excited to see what would happen to Lou and the gang, as soon as it downloaded I was ready see what would unfold. The story starts right where the first one ends and we are introduced to the blood witches, as well as some other characters along the way. The story is basically a build-up for the third book, and at times it does feel like a filler novel. Which is a shame... However, once I passed the 60% mark things really picked up and I couldn't tear my eyes away from what would happen next.
One thing that I really liked about the book is that the characters are flawed. None of them are perfect. I loved how you see Lou starting to spiral, Reid fighting with himself, Coco and Ansel trying to figure things out. Even Beau showed a more mature side! Though once again he did manage to make me cry of laughter and I can't wait to hear more of his stories in the next book. To be honest I think it was the character development that kept me reading even when things weren't actually happening. Seeing them deal with their inner demons, for me, was interesting enough to read until things started falling into place.
I can't wait to read the final book and see how everything gets tied up.
Oh! And Big Titty Liddy, I am happy to say we even learn more about her, which obviously provides more laughter to our lives.
****** I posted the same review on my good reads, but I am still the one that wrote it :)
Blood&Honey is the second instalment in the Serpent&Dove series, and I thought it was going to be the last book, but surprise... it's not, it's going to be a trilogy and after the way this one ended it's going to be a torturous wait for the next book.
The story continues from where Serpent&Dove left off. Lou, Reid and their group are now trying to rally allies to defeat Morgane. And while they do this they must remain covert, to avoid the chasseurs, who have orders from the king to capture them at any cost but also to stay hidden from Morgane herself, who is still after Lou. But keeping a low profile isn't easy when the enemy has eyes everywhere and using magic only seems to create a rift between Lou and Reid. Loyalties are being tested and their relationship will either fall apart or become even stronger by the end.
I have conflicted feelings about this book. The story is told from dual POV, with Reid taking the spotlight more often than Lou, and I enjoyed it because we get to establish a deeper connection with him, but I felt like some conversations were dragged out, and there was not enough interaction between the two of them. The atmosphere is darker than in the previous instalment and the writing style is still enthralling, but the pace of the story is slow and the romantic aspect of Lou and Reid's relationship went downhill. Reid was so lost in his thoughts and his disdain for magic that without realising it he kept pushing Lou away, and Lou, in her desire to help him see he was wrong in his convictions and to help the people she loves, ended up making rash decisions that took a toll on her soul. There are also many new characters introduced and while I love the diversity, I felt like most of them offered nothing important to the story and it was hard to remember who was who.
What I like most about this book are the magic system and Lou's flamboyant personality. Even though her character goes through some changes during their journey, she never loses her sense of humour and tenacity. Her antics are adorable and seeing her embrace her darker side was definitely interesting. I can't help but love her even more.
In terms of plot, there is action, there are secrets, mystery and suspense, but I feel like the story is more character-driven than anything else. This book ends with yet another cliffhanger that left me hungry for more. There are still questions left unanswered and a twist that brings new enemies into the light. I'm so curious to see what will happen next.
I’m afraid I have to agree with many of the reviews on here -this book is a real disappointment compared to Serpent & Dove. I really struggled to continue for most of the book and did not feel invested in the characters at all. It was just really boring. I hear this was a duology which turned into a trilogy and it does absolutely feel like a filler. I thought this was going to be a new favourite series, but I won’t be reading the third book.
Eu adoro duologias! Acho que dois livros são suficientes para desenvolver bem uma história sem me enrolar demais. E estava bastante feliz por esse ser uma duologia. Em algum momento a autora e a editora decidiram que teria mais um, e apesar de não ter gostado tanto, continuei para ver onde ia chegar. E cheguei na conclusão de que cometeram um erro. A história seria ótima se tivesse sido encerrada aqui, mas para ter assunto para mais um volume, esse acabou ficando um pouco cansativo e com bastante encheção de linguiça. Não é ruim, mas tem vários momentos que poderiam ser encurtados e isso deixou a leitura cansativa. A prova disso é que li o primeiro volume em 1 dia e levei pouco mais de uma semana para ler esse porque fiquei de saco cheio em algumas partes. Apesar disso, B&H foi um livro bom. Eu gostei bastante de conhecer mais sobre as Dames Rouge e sua magia. Foi um grande acerto mostrar um pouco mais desse clã. Sobre os personagens: A Lou continua com aquele jeitinho que conheci no primeiro livro e amei, mas com uma dose menor. A bruxa tem muitas coisas para lidar, por dentro e fora. Uma delas envolve alguns conflitos com o Reid, que eu particularmente achei insuportável em grande parte desse livro. Não que ele não fosse no primeiro, mas lá tinha uma justificativa e ainda toda a questão do enemies to lovers, mas aqui ele foi intragável em vários momentos. Coco tem mais destaque, e eu amei isso porque amo a sua personalidade e amizade com a Lou. Um destaque positivo vai para o Beau, que foi um personagem que me conquistou com sua personalidade e comentários engraçados. Já Ansel é meu amorzinho desde o primeiro e continuou aqui.
Os últimos capítulos foram bastante surpreendentes. Teve um momento ali que simplesmente quebrou meu coração em trocentos pedacinhos e não perdoo a Shelby por isso. Já o ultimo capitulo me deixou com um pouco de raiva porque tem um gancho para o terceiro e eu só lamentei por isso. Eu realmente queria que acabasse aqui. Mas vou ler? Sim.
Parece que eu desgostei mais do que gostei do livro, mas só fiquei frustrada por não estar no mesmo nível do primeiro mesmo. Tem muitas coisas positivas aqui. Acontecimentos, plots, personagens novos, mas não me deixou tão atordoada.
Oh my gosh! What a wild ride! I am so very in love with this story and the way it has been so artfully crafted. I impatiently wait for another to come and I will rave about its greatness until I die. Please read it and enjoy, you won't regret it.